IBM to standardise Web workflow

IBM plans to unveil Web Services Flow Language (WSFL), a proposal for how to define workflows for Web services, said the...

IBM plans to unveil Web Services Flow Language (WSFL), a proposal for how to define workflows for Web services, said the company's director of e-business standards strategy today at the 10th International World Wide Web Conference in Tokyo.

Robert Sutor told hundreds of attendees that now is a critical time in the development of Web services - functions that can be carried out over the Web through communication between humans and machines. Examples of Web services include matching vendors and customers or carrying out and recording transactions.

"We are in a (moment) that will later be seen as the most important period for Web services in terms of getting it right," said Sutor.

In his keynote address, Sutor told the conference that WSFL will propose a way to define how a service will perform, allowing providers of Web services to guarantee a standard level of performance.

IBM's proposal for workflow is designed to build on earlier specifications, such as the work of the Workflow Management Coalition, but to start a "clean slate" approach for the new age of services provided over the Web, said Sutor. It is intended only as an initial proposal and IBM expects it to be refined by other companies and standards bodies.


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